A re-visit, and closer look, at the misunderstanding that captured the civilized world’s attention.
In this brief version, Jian Ghomeshi adds additional commentary, to help put it all in context.
Context, is everything.
from his remarks at Ryerson University:
“We were ready to do a half an hour interview about his, quite frankly, mediocre music, you know?”
“… but we were willing to do it … let the band play, talk about that … umh … I mean, that’s the funny part about it. This, this show is … exactly what he wanted to do, and they just hadn’t … you know … They hadn’t done their research. They didn’t … He didn’t … you know … we were some backwater Canadian show.
They underestimated the CBC.
They underestimated ME.
They underestimated the SHOW.
They underestimated the LISTENER.
They underestimated the REACH.
They underestimated the fact that there were cameras in the room.
They underestimated all of that!
(mimicking) “no one gives a shit. We’re just in some Canadian studio.”
Yeah, a Canadian studio with a million listeners!”
Jian knows how to take instructions, and he’s cool with that
It’s clear that there was an agreement and understanding in place, as a condition of “Q” getting the interview.
The CBC and Ghomeshi constantly deny that they had agreed to anything ahead of time.
They are lying, and have been riding the illusion that listeners have about what happened here.
The CBC claims that there are no restrictions on what they can discuss once the guest is in the studio, but obviously both the producers and Jian had agreed to what was asked of them, and then immediately went ahead with whatever they felt like doing. Is it any wonder that Billy Bob became uptight in front of this smarmy pinhead?
Jian says “the producers said you didn’t want”, then quickly realizes that he’s letting the cat out of the bag about guests making demands, so he changes the script to “they didn’t want to focus …”. The truth was that the focus of the interview was being dictated by the guest, first and foremost, not by some idea in a producers head.
It’s how you play the game in order to get these interviews.
It’s called compromising. It’s called fake interviewing.
Repeatedly we are told that both Ghomeshi and the producers had agreed to it, despite their subsequent denials.
As Jian says, if Billy Bob hadn’t gotten ticked off at the way his interest in music compared to film was described, then the interview would have gone exactly as he had requested.
A deal is a deal.
Not that the CBC and their high standards of journalistic integrity are into making deals!
The way Jian characterizes Billy Bob’s attitude is patently offensive.
Where is the evidence, where is the justification, to ascribe thoughts to Billy Bob that he thinks “no one gives a shit. We’re just in some Canadian studio.”? Who is bringing up the word “backwater”?
What is Ghomeshi’s problem, that his insecurities are the fault of others?
No one is insulting Canada here, except Jian himself.
Just as the entire episode was an insult to Billy Bob Thornton.
And he deserves an apology from the CBC, and from Jian Ghomeshi.